Earn $7-15k More per Year with an Unit Clerk diploma from ABES College

Increase your wage by $5-10/hr after graduation, based on a pre-program wage of $15/hr and a wage of $20-25 after graduation.

Online and In-Class options available
Over 90% employment rate after graduation*
Funding and grants available through student aid
Practicum included

* All employment rate data is verified according to the Private Vocational Training Act.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I work after I graduate?

After you graduate you can work in the following health units:

1. Hospital Unit
2. Outpatient Clinic
3. Long-term Care Facility
4. Specialist Medical Clinic
5. Private Medical Office
6. Private Paramedical Office

What will I learn in class?

Our Unit Clerk diploma program is designed to give you the theoretical knowledge and real-world practical skills you need to assist patients and personnel at any type of medical establishment. Alberta Health Services (AHS) provides Alberta Business & Educational Services (ABES) with many resources, including a training environment for Sunrise Clinical Management (SCM), a software program used by all patient care units in Calgary hospitals.

This program offers a full-time practicum placement with AHS or a private medical office, so students can experience a true work environment and gain valuable experience. Extensive training in data input and computer skills, including the use of SCM and other health care software programs. This program offers an all-encompassing training so you can fill any position, including Admitting Clerk, Ward Clerk, Health Records Clerk, Chart Management Clerk, Hospital Unit Clerk and medical receptionist.

The following is a short list of the practical skills you will learn in your courses:

1. Orientation to the Role of Unit Clerk and Medical Office Assistant
2. Medical Terminology - The Language of Medicine
3. Applied Written Communication/English Skills
4. Applied Computer and Productivity Skills
5. Health Unit Coordinator Module
6. Order Processing
7. Computerized Data Entry Systems
8. ADT (Admitting, Discharge, Transfer of Patients)
9. Chart Management
10. Medical Conflict Resolution
11. Office Assistant Module
12. Billing Resumes and Interviews

How can I pay for the program?

There are several payment options available to cover the cost of the Unit Clerk program:

Personal Payment: You have the option to make payments with no interest, spreading the cost over several payments.

Bank or Credit Union Financing: Your bank or credit union might provide financing options specifically designed for educational expenses. You may be eligible for a student line of credit or loan. We recommend contacting your financial institution to inquire about the criteria and terms associated with these options.

Government Student Loans: If you meet the necessary requirements, federal and provincial student loans are available to assist with tuition fees. To learn more about the application process and eligibility criteria, please visit www.studentaid.alberta.ca. Our experienced Financial Aid Officers can also provide guidance and support throughout the application process.

Band Funding: Qualifying individuals may have access to funding through Aboriginal bands or organizations. We encourage you to directly contact their offices to inquire about the funding options available to you. Our Student Financial Administrators are also available to assist you in navigating the application process.

Scholarships & Bursaries: There are various scholarships and bursaries available that you may be eligible for. Your family's affiliation with certain companies, organizations, or unions could provide scholarship and bursary opportunities for qualifying family members. Additionally, you can explore resources like www.scholarshipscanada.com to discover scholarships and bursaries specifically available in Alberta.

It's important to explore these payment options and assess their suitability based on your financial circumstances. Our admissions or financial aid office can provide further information on the specific payment methods and options we offer at our vocational college.

Understanding the costs associated with the program and exploring funding opportunities will help you make an informed decision regarding your financial investment in the Unit Clerk diploma program.

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